The Doctoral Degree in Medicines and Health, whose development and organization are overseen by the School of Pharmacy, is framed within the University of Navarra Doctoral School, established under the provisions set out by RD 99/2011, which provides planning, coordination and monitoring of doctoral programs.
This program is adapted to the European Higher Education Area and meets the requirements indicated in Royal Decree 1393, dated October 29, 2007, which regulates official university education. It was evaluated favorably by ANECA (National Agency for Quality Assessment and Accreditation) and approved positively by the Council of Universities on June 10, 2009. This official degree program is registered in the Registry of Universities, Centers and Qualifications (BOE, Official State Bulletin, February 10, 2010).
The program has been adapted to the verification procedures stipulated in RD 99, dated January 28, 2011, which regulates official doctoral education (BOE, Official State Bulletin, February 10, 2011); it has received a favorable report from ANECA and a positive assessment from the Council of Universities.
The Doctoral Degree in Medicines and Health has been awarded the Citation of Excellence (MEE 2011-0106) by the Ministry of Education for the 2011-2012, 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 academic years, receiving an overall weighted score from ANECA of 96 out of 100, according to the Secretary General of Universities resolution dated October 6, 2011 (BOE, Official State Bulletin, October 20, 2011).
The Doctoral Degree in Medicines and Health was created based on the graduate program of the same name that was structured in accordance with RD 56/2005 and approved by the General Directorate of Universities as an Official Graduate Program for the 2006-2007 academic year.
This graduate program, and thus the Doctoral Degree in Medicines and Health, has its roots in two former doctoral programs: Biopharmaceuticals, Pharmacology and Quality of Medicines; and Design, Synthesis and Biological Evaluation of Medicines. The quality of these two programs has been verified and upheld, since both have been awarded the Citation of Quality by the Ministry of Education and Science (references MCD2004-00352 and MCD2005-00211, respectively) and have maintained them continuously. Both of these programs have now been discontinued.
The Doctoral Program in Design, Synthesis and Biological Evaluation of Medicines dates back to 1968, when the University of Navarra offered the first university degree program in Medical Chemistry. It is therefore Spain's oldest degree program in this field. The Doctoral Program in Biopharmaceuticals, Pharmacology and Quality of Medicines was launched at the University of Navarra during the 1986-1987 academic year under the academic responsibility and supervision of the Department of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Technology.
These two doctoral programs gave rise to two master's degrees, the Master's Degree in Drug Design and Biopharmaceutics and the Master's Degree in Research, Development and Innovation of Drugs, which were approved at the time. Because of their research-based approach, they constitute the recommended training for admission to the Doctoral Degree in Medicines and Health.
Professors and researchers from the following University of Navarra departments, units, services and centers participate in the development of the Doctoral Degree in Medicines and Health:
Depending on the doctoral thesis project, professors from other science departments at the University of Navarra and other services at the Clínica Universidad de Navarra may participate in developing the program, primarily through the joint supervision of doctoral theses.
The program also enjoys the participation of professors and PhDs from other Spanish and foreign institutions, whether through the joint supervision of doctoral theses, leading seminars, mobility initiatives (for both PhD candidates and academic staff) or participation in thesis defense committees convened to award international/European doctoral degrees, etc.
Documentation of the evaluation process
Documentation for the Citation of Excellence process